Topics: Monomoy Regional School District

Special town meetings will likely be held in Chatham and Harwich in the fall to consider changing the way school costs are apportioned to each community in the Monomoy Regional School District agreement. The change would address the financial disparity in elementary school costs that has developed due to declining enrollment in Chatham, and would essentially call for each town to pay for its own elementary sch...

Harwich Bears Brunt Of Monomoy School Budget Hike

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are still a lot of variables, but Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent Scott Carpenter provided selectmen with a draft FY22 budget Monday containing an overall 1.5 percent increase over this year. Harwich’s share of the budget, however, is projected to increase between 2.9 and 3.2 percent. The student population gap between Chatham and Harwich is becoming a major issue. On Monday sel...

HARWICH — There was a sense of urgency expressed by selectmen Monday night when Monomoy Regional Schools Superintendent Scott Carpenter came before the board to discuss the growing inequities in the per pupil budgets in the district's elementary schools. In the past decade the Harwich Elementary School student population has decreased by 12 percent. At the Chatham Elementary School the enrollment has declined ...

As I sit before my screen, fingers hovering above the keys, myriad song lyrics ping-pong through my mind. One from Eminem about having one shot, one opportunity. One from “Hamilton” about not throwing away my shot. Even one from Sinatra about doing it my way. But the truth is, while I'm excited about my next chapter, turning the page is also bittersweet. A little more than five years ago, I arrived on the Lowe...

Nearly two dozen students who are living in summer homes or staying with grandparents are attending classes in the Monomoy Regional School District this fall. But that increase in new students is more than offset by declines in enrollment, including the loss of 55 students whose families opted for home schooling rather than attending classes in-person or remotely. The district's total enrollment this fall drop...

Meet Fritz, Harwich Police’s New Vape Dog

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The Harwich Police Department has a new member, and he’s here to teach kids in the Monomoy School District not to vape. If he gets a few treats in the process, that’s all the better. Fritz isn’t your average member of the force. Unlike his bipedal fellow officers, Fritz is an 18-month-old German shorthaired pointer and it’s his job, quite literally, to sniff out e-cigarettes and vaporizers on school ...

The Changing Face Of 'Senior Season'

By: Kat Szmit

Senior Student Athletes Grateful To Play In The Era Of COVID-19 HARWICH/EASTHAM – Tyler Potter has been looking forward to his senior year with the Monomoy football team since he was in eighth grade. But like so many seniors locally and across the state, Potter has had to adapt to a completely new way of doing sports and a changed senior season. For Potter, a team captain, the change means he and his fellow...

COVID-19 Ushers In New Era For High School Sports

By: Kat Szmit

Education isn’t the only thing that’s gotten a makeover due to COVID-19. So too have high school and middle school sports in the Monomoy and Nauset regional school districts. While athletics will take place, it will be in a very new way with a number of new rules that include not only players and coaches, but spectators, as well. Under the Monomoy plan, which follows guidelines set forth by the Massachusetts I...

Monomoy Schools Poised For Safe Reopening

By: Kat Szmit

Monomoy Regional High School’s new principal Jen Police and her staff are ready for the school hallways to once again be filled with the sounds of students engaged in learning come Sept. 14, though this year it won’t be quite as many, nor learning in quite the same way as they did in the days before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on Cape Cod. Only about half to two-thirds of the school’s 687 students will be in...

One of the takeaways from a public meeting the Monomoy Regional School District held in 2018 to get input into its strategic planning process was that the 100 or so people in attendance weren't representative of the school population. “There was a strong majority of white faces in the room,” recalled Marc Smith, the district's director of curriculum. “Even with the work we'd done with outreach, we were mis...

Carpenter: Monomoy Is Ready For Students

By: Alan Pollock

78 Percent Will Attend In Person Teachers are returning to the Monomoy Schools today, and students will follow in about two-and-a-half weeks. When they do, the school district will be ready, Superintendent Scott Carpenter said. “We’re essentially running two different Monomoys,” he told the Chatham selectmen last week. Parents were given a choice whether to have their children attend classes remotely or in ...

Proclamation Includes Locally Focused Addition HARWICH – The death of George Floyd sent shockwaves around the country, inspiring protests and demands for change. In Massachusetts, the Mass Association of School Committees (MASC) created a document it has encouraged school districts throughout the state to sign and adopt, though many, including the Monomoy Regional School District, had reservations. After le...

Monomoy Proposes Hybrid Reopening Plan

By: Kat Szmit

Parents Given Option Of Continuing Remote Learning   HARWICH – While many school districts are preparing plans for three possibilities – a full return to school, a partial or hybrid return, and the continuation of remote learning – the 47-page draft Monomoy plan only includes a hybrid learning plan and plans to shift back to remote learning if necessary. A full reopening, said Superintendent of Schools Scot...

HARWICH – As colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Massachusetts, announce continued remote learning for the fall semester, parents in the Monomoy Regional School District are eagerly awaiting plans for the reopening of schools this fall, which Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter said at this point still remain unclear. “The priority from the state is getting people back into...

CHATHAM – The only contested race in the June 25 annual town election is for two three-year terms on the Monomoy Regional School Committee. Incumbents Nancy Scott and Jacqueline Zibrat-Long are being challenged by Robert Hessler and Elizabeth Taylor. Selectman Shareen Davis is running unopposed, as is housing authority member Janice O'Connell. Polls will be open at the community center from noon to 6 p.m.; to req...

HARWICH – School budget planning is typically a challenging yearly task, but the planning of the FY21 budget for the Monomoy Regional School District has been further complicated by COVID closures and reschedules, forcing the district to opt for a one-twelfth budget as administrators await funding approval from town meetings. With Chatham’s town meeting not scheduled until June 22 and Harwich having postponed ...